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Old Gorgon Graham : more letters from a self-made merchant to his son [Paperback]

George Horace Lorimer , F R Gruger , B Martin Justice

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5 Jun 2011
This book was originally published prior to 1923, and represents a reproduction of an important historical work, maintaining the same format as the original work. While some publishers have opted to apply OCR (optical character recognition) technology to the process, we believe this leads to sub-optimal results (frequent typographical errors, strange characters and confusing formatting) and does not adequately preserve the historical character of the original artifact. We believe this work is culturally important in its original archival form. While we strive to adequately clean and digitally enhance the original work, there are occasionally instances where imperfections such as blurred or missing pages, poor pictures or errant marks may have been introduced due to either the quality of the original work or the scanning process itself. Despite these occasional imperfections, we have brought it back into print as part of our ongoing global book preservation commitment, providing customers with access to the best possible historical reprints. We appreciate your understanding of these occasional imperfections, and sincerely hope you enjoy seeing the book in a format as close as possible to that intended by the original publisher.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A classic text with timeless advice 8 Nov 2009
By Ryan C. Holiday - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is the preserved correspondence between Old Gorgon Graham, a self-made millionaire in Chicago, and his son who is coming of age and entering the family business. The letters date back to the 1890s but feel like they could have been written in any era. They are surprisingly stoic. Honest. Genuine. Packed with good advice. Normally these types of books are unreadably boring and personal. My version has only Graham's letters and none from his son so there is only one voice, one perspective to follow. It gives the book a sense of narrative and flow that most books of letters lack (for which they suffer). One of my favorite parts is where Graham suggests that history should be taught backwards because most people never make it up to the present. I had a history teacher do this for one class in high school and it's still the only formal education I've had on some of those subjects. I've since had plenty of time to go back and get caught up with what happened in the few thousand years prior.

The book is in the public domain - I've never even heard it mentioned outside of Joseph Epstein's Ambition: The Secret Passion (which is also good) - so this specific copy is a little strange. It has some arbitrary pictures that obviously were not included in the letters themselves and has unusually large font. The book looks a bit like one a college textbook but don't let that fool you, it is very readable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A treat from the past 9 July 2013
By John A. Lefcourte - Published on Amazon.com
I stumbled upon this in a used bookstore that was going out of business and took a chance on it. I'm glad that I did. Over one hundred year old advice that is as spot on today as it was then. A very few topics are outdated but even then the advice can be applied more broadly in other areas. Very well written and very clever. I've ordered the first "Letters" book since I enjoyed this so much and will probably order copies for my two adult kids if I don't pass these on. (The book shown is the first book, not "More Letters")
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